Published on November 23, 2020

Essentia Health allows patients to initiate COVID-19 test

Essentia Health has launched a new feature making it easier and more convenient to schedule a COVID-19 test. This new option is one more way Essentia Health is working to ensure the health and safety of our patients, staff and communities.

Patient-initiated testing, which means a patient can determine for themselves that they want to be tested for COVID-19, can be accessed through the COVID Testing icon in MyChart on any smart device or on our website,

MyChart is a secure web-based or mobile application tool that provides convenient, 24/7 access to your personal health. It allows you to communicate with your care team, access portions of your medical records and much more. Patients must have a MyChart account to access patient-initiated testing. If you do not have a MyChart account, you can sign up at by clicking the MyChart button in the upper right corner, download the mobile app, MyChart, from your app store or ask for assistance at your next appointment.

Not only does MyChart make it easier to initiate a test, it also shows your results as soon as your test is done in the lab.

For those who choose not to utilize MyChart, an E-Visit is another option to easily access a COVID-19 test.

Please note, during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays, there may be reduced testing hours due to holiday schedules. Appointment dates and times will be clearly stated in your testing request or E-Visit.

Remember, the best way to protect yourself and your community is to wear a mask when in public, frequently wash your hands, maintain social distance of at least six feet, stay home when you are sick and avoid gatherings with those outside of your home.

You can learn about Essentia Health and our response to the COVID-19 pandemic at our website,

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